As a pediatrician, entrepreneur and mother, Whitney Casares, MD, MPH, FAAP has a unique vantage point as to what mothers need to do to make sure they’re OK and so their kids are OK.
Because now more than ever, moms are conflicted about where to draw the line between their own self-care and what’s best for their kids, leading to feelings of stress, being pulled in too many directions at once and burnout (none of which is good for families).
In The Working Mom Blueprint: Winning at Parenting without Losing Yourself (American Academy of Pediatrics; May 11, 2021), Dr. Casares offers a practical plan that covers:
· setting priorities
· cultivating self-care
· finding childcare
· establishing an equal parenting partnership
· delegating whenever appropriate
· and much more
Publishers Weekly raves:
“Pediatrician Casares (The New Baby Blueprint) encourages working mothers to identify their priorities and align their lives accordingly in this upbeat and practical guide. “There is joy waiting for us as we mother, not in spite of our work but alongside it,” she writes, and urges readers to ditch the guilt, cultural expectations, and perfectionism that plague modern parenthood. Casares guides readers through creating a self-care routine (which she posits is critical for working moms), touts the value of modeling resilience to children, and gives tips for finding childcare and putting dinner on the table night after night. A chapter on how to successfully share parenting responsibilities with a partner is especially useful: she encourages couples to divide tasks based on strengths and weaknesses, not to expect a partner to do a job “how you would do it,” and to keep in mind common goals. Anecdotes are mixed in seamlessly with advice (“A few summers back, I had the ultimate self-care revelation. I took a mommyhood vacation”)…. Still, millennial moms especially will appreciate Casares’s encouragement and sensibility. (May)
Whitney Casares, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a board-certified, practicing pediatrician and the creator of the popular website modernmommydoc.com. She is the mother of two young daughters and lives in Portland, OR. Media features include Sirius XM Radio, Good Housekeeping, The Bump, Scary Mommy and more).